The Cincinnati Reds have placed first baseman Joey Votto (stress) on the 15-day disabled list, due to stress-related issues.
Votto had been off to an excellent start this season, batting .357 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs through 38 games, but he has been battling an inner ear infection for more than two weeks, which has often left him feeling lightheaded. It is likely that the stress is related to the ear infection, which has knocked him out of games on three separate occasions this month.
The Reds are expected to turn to Ramon Hernandez to play first base during Votto's absence. Although he's primarily known for his work behind the plate, Hernandez has played 11 games at first this year, including eight starts.
Since breaking into the majors in 1999, he has played a total of 18 games at the position. This development is good news for Reds backstop Ryan Hanigan, who would see regular playing time in this scenario.
Hanigan has shown some offensive prowess in limited time and is an immediate grab in deep NL leagues; he also earns watch list consideration for two-catcher mixed setups if you're cycling players at the position.
Wilkin Castillo, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to replace Votto on the 25-man roster, would serve as Hanigan's backup but holds no fantasy relevance.
About Jared Byrd
Byrd has served as a Hot Off the Wire Analyst with KFFL since 2003,
covering both the NFL and MLB. A recent graduate of the University of
Pennsylvania, he has played fantasy football since 1997, and fantasy
baseball, basketball, and hockey since 2001.
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